Reference Number: L0102/2
Date: 30 November 1799
Extent: 1 print
Materials: Paper
Size: 325x255mm
Provenance: Presented to Lloyd’s by E S Lamplough, 1925

Description: The East India Company managed the Indian Ocean slave trade. It is estimated that European traders exported c.500,000-750,000 slaves from the Indian Ocean to the Americas between 1500 and 1850, alongside slave trading within the Indian Ocean. East India House was the London headquarters of the East India Company, from which much of British India was governed until the British government took control of the company’s possessions in India in 1858 after the Indian Uprisings of 1857. It was located in Leadenhall Street. In 1796, the Company purchased an additional plot of land and work began to extend its premises. The designs and project was started by Richard Jupp and completed by Henry Holland in 1799. This coloured print shows the front of the building on Leadenhall Street, which was sold in 1861 and soon after destroyed. By 1922, Lloyd’s were aware that they needed larger and modern premises and had started negotiations for part of the site. Lloyd’s moved to Lime Street in 1928 in a building designed by Sir Edwin Cooper. This is a monochrome etching and aquatint, showing the frontage of East India House as rebuilt in 1796-1799, on Leadenhall Street, looking towards Aldgate. It was published by Thomas Malton as an illustration to Malton’s ‘Picturesque Tour’, 1799.